Jeff Worley
800 Aurora Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502

Employment History

1996-2010   Editor and Chief Science Writer, Odyssey Magazine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY [retired April 2010]

1994-1996   Program Director, The Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Writers’ Roundtable, annual conference held in Carrollton, KY

1993-1996   Associate Editor, Odyssey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

1989-1993   Assistant Editor, Odyssey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


1972-1975   M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry), Wichita State University (literary fellowship 1974-1975)

1965-1971    B.A. in English, Wichita State University

Teaching Experience

2012-2019 Poetry Writing Workshops, Carnegie Center for Learning & Literacy, Lexington, KY

1996            Writer-in-Residence, The Writer’s Voice of Lexington, Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning

1991-1992   Adjunct Assistant Professor of English (fiction/poetry writing), Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

1984-1986   Assistant Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University

1983-1984   Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Cincinnati

1975-1984   Instructor of English, University of Maryland (European Division)

Honors and Awards

2019-2020   Kentucky Poet Laureate

2012   Winner of the X.J. Kennedy Prize from Texas Review Press for book-length poetry manuscript, titled A Little Luck.

2009   “Sleeping with Two Women.” Mikrokosmos (Spring 2009). Selected as First Prize Winner in Poetry.

2007   Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern named cowinner in the Society of  Midland Authors Literary Competition

2007   Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern named 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest

2007   Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council ($7,500)

2006   Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern nominated for Pulitzer Prize by Mid-List Press

2006   Award of Excellence from CASE-K for Feature Writing (for article titled “Miles Osland: Packing a Mean Sax,” from Fall 2005 Odyssey)

2002   Winner of the Atlanta Review’s 2002 Grand Prize ($2,002) for the poem “His Funeral”

2002   Award of Excellence from CASE-K for Feature Writing (for article titled “Technology with a Human Touch,” from Spring 2001 Odyssey)

1997   Bronze Quill Award, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), for Excellence in Writing (for article titled “The Nose Knows: Pheromones and the Sixth Sense,” from the Summer/Fall 1996 Odyssey)

1997   Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council ($5,000)

1996   Bronze Quill Award, IABC, for Excellence in Writing (for article titled “Dusting for Evidence,” from the Summer/Fall 1996 Odyssey)

1994   Winner of Mid-List Press first-book competition for The Only Time There Is

1992   Winner of Still Waters Press chapbook contest for Natural Selections, with co-author Lance Olsen

1991   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing ($20,000)

1991   Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council ($5,000)

1990   Winner of Devil’s Millhopper chapbook contest for The Other Heart


Lucky Talk (chapbook of poems), 2018

A Little Luck, Texas Review Press, 2013.

Driving Late to the Party: The Kansas Poems, Woodley Press, 2012.

What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets, University Press of Kentucky, 2009 (Editor).

Best to Keep Moving (poems), Larkspur Press, 2009.

Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern (poems), Mid-List Press, 2006.

Leave Time (chapbook of poems), Finishing Line Press, 2005.

A Simple Human Motion (poems), Larkspur Press, 2000.

The Only Time There Is (poems), Mid-List Press, 1995.

Natural Selections (chapbook of poems, with Lance Olsen), Still Waters Press, 1993.

The Other Heart (chapbook of poems), Devil’s Millhopper Press, 1991.

Published Poems

Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, The Antigonish Review, Atlanta Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Black Warrior Review, Boulevard, California Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Chicago Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, College English, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Cream City Review, CutBank, DoubleTake, The Fiddlehead, The Florida Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg ReviewGreat River Review, The Greenfield Review, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, The Heartlands Today, The Hollins Critic, Indiana Review, Jeopardy, The Journal, Kaleidoscope, Kansas Quarterly, Kentucky Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, The Literary Review, Louisiana Literature, The Louisville Review, The Malahat Review, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Mid-American Review, The Midwest Quarterly,The Minnesota Review, The Missouri Review, New England Review, New Letters, New Mexico Humanities Review, New Ohio Review, New Orleans Review, The New York Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, Northeast, Passages North, The Pennsylvania Review, Poet and Critic, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Canada Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Prism International, Rattle, River Styx, The Seattle Review, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, The South Dakota Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, Tendril, The Texas Review, The Threepenny Review, The Three Rivers Poetry Journal, The University of Windsor Review, West Branch, Wind, Witness, Writers’ Forum, Yankee, and Zone 3.


Baby Boomer Birthright: The Legacy of a Generation, Beloved on the Earth, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Anthology, Henry’s Creature: Poems and Stories on the Automobile, Intro 7, A Kentucky Christmas, Kentucky Voices, Missing Mountains, Motif Anthology: All the Livelong Day, Motif Anthology: Come What May, Motif Anthology: Writing by Ear, Poetworks: Essential Love, Poetworks: Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge, Through the Gap, What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets, Writing Poems [New York, NY: Pearson Longman].

Published Fiction

“Horsefeathers.” Kentucky Voices: A Collection of Contemporary Kentucky Short Stories. Pikeville, KY: Pikeville College Press, 1997.

Feature Articles Published

ACE Magazine, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, Back Home in Kentucky, Currents, Endeavor [Scripps Research Institute], Glimpse [Clemson University], Kentucky Alumnus, Kentucky Humanities, The Kentucky Journal, Odyssey, Perspectives [Ohio University], Research in Review [Florida State University]

Selected Poetry Readings

June 26  2019 Governor Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky

June 24  Poet Laureates readings at Sawyier Library, Frankfort, KY

April 7  Brier Books in Lexington

February 19  Poor Richard’s Bookstore in Frankfort, taped by local radio station WNAS

Living by Words Series, Christ Church Cathedral (Lexington, KY), Jan. 14, 2015.

The Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY), Oct 3, 2014.

Ashland Community College (Ashland, KY), April 13, 2010.

Poor Richard’s Books (Frankfort, KY), First Friday reading, April 4, 2008.

Morehead State University (Morehead, KY), Spring Reading Series, March 1, 2007.

Black Swan Books (Lexington, KY), invited reading, Dec. 2, 2006.

Poor Richard’s Books (Frankfort, KY), First Friday reading, Nov. 3, 2006.

Watermark Books (Wichita, KS), invited reading, Sept. 22, 2006.

University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), invited reading, Sept. 20, 2006.

University of Kentucky, one of eight authors reading from the anthology Missing Mountains (Wind Publications), June 1, 2006, sponsored by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

Hanover College (Hanover, IN), May 4, 2006.

Alzheimer’s Association Luncheon (University of Kentucky), invited reading, Feb. 21, 2006.

Poor Richard’s Books (Frankfort, KY), First Friday reading, Dec. 2, 2005.

Black Swan Books (Lexington, KY), invited reading, Nov. 14, 2005.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, KY), invited reading, Nov. 6, 2005.

Teegarden Center for the Arts (Brooksville, KY), invited reading for Grand Opening, April 16, 2004.

University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, April 15, 2003.

Ohio River Festival of Books (Huntington, WVa), Nov. 9, 2002.

Lexington Arts & Cultural Center/Arts Place, invitational reading, April 28, 2002 (with Marcia Hurlow).

“Poetry in the Park” (Woodland Park, Lexington, KY; sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council and others), July 13, 2001 [with Ed McClanahan, James Baker Hall and Richard Taylor].

Henry J. Leadingham Poetry Reading (Old State Capitol, Frankfort, KY), April 22, 2000.

Twentieth-Century Literature Conference 2000 (Louisville, KY), invited reading, Feb. 24, 2000.

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Campus (Altoona, PA), Oct. 8, 1999.

Hanover College (Hanover, IN), Oct. 3, 1999, as part of the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Writers’ Roundtable.

Georgetown College, radio interview and reading on WRVG, March 31, 1999.

Arts Place (Lexington, KY), yearly invitational reading, March 7, 1999.

Hanover College (Hanover, IN), May 7, 1998.

The Frankfort Arts Council Annual Invitational Reading [with Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan and Bobbie Ann Mason (Frankfort, KY), April 24, 1998].

The Frankfort Arts Council Annual Invitational Reading (Frankfort, KY), April 26, 1997.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Writer’s Voice Writer-in-Residence Reading (Lexington, KY), April 23, 1996.

University of Idaho (Moscow, ID), April 17, 1996.

Morehead State University (Morehead, KY), Nov. 28, 1995.

Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation (Louisville, KY), “An Evening of Kentucky Poetry,” Oct. 19, 1995.

Hanover College (Hanover, IN), May 4, 1995.

Borders Bookstore (Minneapolis, MN), co-sponsored by Mid-List Press and The Loft, May 2, 1995.

Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS), April 20, 1995.

Asbury College (Wilmore, KY), April 5, 1995.

Annual Frankfort Arts Commission Invitational Reading (Frankfort, KY), Jan. 13, 1995.

Kentucky Conservation Committee Benefit (Frankfort, KY), Nov. 18, 1994 (with Gurney Norman and Ed McClanahan).

Selected Other Presentations

June 26  poetry class for the 2019 Governor Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky

Somerset Community College, Poetry Workshop, April 9, 2010.

Annual Poetry Panel, University of Kansas, Sept. 19, 2006.

A Simple Human Motion featured on KET’s 2006 Book Club (Lexington, KY), April 2006.

Kansas Writer’s Association, Poetry Workshop and Panel (Wichita, KS), September 18, 2004.

Western Pennsylvania Writers Project, Poetry Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA), Oct. 22, 1999.

Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Writers’ Roundtable, Poetry Workshop (Hanover College (Hanover, IN), Oct. 1-3, 1999.

“Celebrating Words,” panel member (with James Baker Hall, Ed McClanahan, Mary Ann Taylor Hall, Joy Bale Boone and Gurney Norman), William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Sept. 3, 1998. Topic: Importance and current status of literature.

“Sexual Exuberance in Contemporary American Poetry,” Frankfort, Kentucky, Rotarians Club, April 23, 1997.

“Publicizing UK Research,” UK Advance Leadership Development Institute, Lexington, KY, March 13, 1996.

“The Writing/Publishing Relationship,” The Kentucky Arts Council Conference, Louisville, KY, invited panelist, Oct. 22, 1994.

1994 Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Writers’ Roundtable, Carrollton, KY, program director, Oct. 7-9, 1994.